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“One of the best kept secrets in Des Moines”

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Ranked #25 of 65 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
Des Moines
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63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“One of the best kept secrets in Des Moines”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Are you looking for a really original place to visit? Just west of the Des Moines sculpture garden is the BH & G garden. It is open over extended lunch hours and is the perfect place to picnic. It is on the trolley line so you can get back to you office or hop on the trolley to other downtown attractions. I almost don't want to review it because I don't want to let the secret out!

Visited July 2012
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Des Moines Iowa
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful and educational”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Open on Friday afternoons from spring through fall, this compact display garden is designed on a scale that makes it truly inspirational for home gardeners. Annuals, perennials, flowering trees, and a tiny vegetable plot ensure a constantly changing experience.

Visited August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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342 reviews
251 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“Small garden with limited hours”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Good demonstartion garden near the Sculpture park just west of downtown. Check hours before going there -- usually closed. Free

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Des Moines
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A beautiful Garden!”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

It was a great place to visit, especially if you are into gardening. It's fun to be able to go there and get ideas on how to do your own garden at home. A must see.

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Minneapolis, MN
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49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Striking!”
Reviewed July 1, 2011

The test garden is not large, but it is very peaceful and beautiful and located near the lovely sculpture garden for an addition to your pleasant walk! Would sure be nice if they offered a bit of tea and lemonade on site since it's Better Homes and Gardens, but you'll have to grab that at a coffee shop across the street. The big con is they are only opened Fridays, noon-2 pm, May-October.

Visited August 2010
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